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Bacteria the cause of colic in infants?

August 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers say they have a possible answer for what causes colic in children.A new study conducted by the University of Texas, Houston medical school says it could be caused by a bacterium usually found in the mouth, skin, and intestines.

Colic causes babies to cry uncontrollably for long periods of time.

Researchers studied 36 babies. Half of them had colic.

They say the bacterium causes intestinal inflammation, making the child very uncomfortable, causing it to cry.

The cause of the problem is still a mystery. However, researchers say bottle-fed babies seem to get it more often than breast-fed infants.

The study appears online on the Journal of Pediatrics Web site.

Journal of Pediatrics contributed to this report.

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